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  • Article: Feb 15, 2018
    By Clr Rod Fletcher in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    The report to Tuesday's Cheshire East Council Cabinet meeting, showing a £9.3m overspend on the services budget, shows that the Liberal Democrats' prediction at last February's council meeting - that the budget proposals were not robust - was correct.

    While £9m has been taken from various reserves to cover most of the defi cit, there will be a long-term cost to council tax payers.

  • Article: Feb 15, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    In your edition dated 18th January, you kindly published my letter calling for David Davis, the Brexit secretary of state, to be sacked for misleading Parliament after advising that there were no systematic impact assessments on leaving the EU, when previously Mr Davis had stated on numerous occasions that there were detailed impact assessments.

  • Article: Feb 10, 2018

    Dear Sir,

    Concerning the current budgetary process of Cheshire East that is leading to the proposed budget being voted on by full council on the 22nd of this month, I am led to believe that it will be achieved by transferring money from the capital to the revenue account, reducing reserves and benefi tting from the New Homes Bonus, which as its name implies, is derived from building more homes within the borough.

  • Article: Jan 25, 2018
    By Dr Peter Hirst in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    There does seem to be a good case for involving the public in the amount of money invested in our NHS and taking its funding out of political controversy.

    It used to be said that ours was the best and most cheaply funded NHS globally, something that we were rightly very proud of as a nation.

  • Article: Jan 25, 2018
    By Suzy Firkin in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    The online survey consultation on the Cheshire East pre-budget proposals has now closed for comments but you can still make your thoughts and suggestions known by speaking to or emailing your Cheshire East councillors up until 22nd February.

    You can also attend the Cheshire East Council meeting on 22nd February.

  • Article: Jan 18, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    On 20th October 2016 Mr Davis told the House of Commons: "We currently have in place an assessment of 51 sectors of the economy."

    On 14th December 2016 Mr Davis told the Brexit Committee: "We are in the midst of carrying out about 57 sets of analyses, each of which has implications for individual parts of 85% of the economy."

  • Article: Jan 18, 2018
    By Robert Douglas in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    I am sure that almost all your readers must be appalled at the vitriol we have seen from some elements of the right-wing Press since the referendum vote on the EU last June.

    Firstly, some of these national newspapers launched a hate campaign against the truly heroic Gina Miller for her launching of a legal case demanding that Parliament, and not a small cabal in Government, be sovereign in determining whether article 50

  • Article: Jan 7, 2018

    Dear Sir,

    Responding to Richard Hamilton's letter in last week's Chronicle on S106 funding, I'm surprised at the clarity of the future use of the funds extracted from developers of the Elworth Hall Farm estate in Sandbach.

    His letter refl ects what I thought was the strength of these agreements, namely specifi c infrastructure improvements needed because of the effects of the same development.

  • Article: Jan 7, 2018

    Dear Sir,

    With regard to this seasonal part of the year, giving most of us an opportunity to relax, refl ect and rejuvenate I would like to compare the saga of Cheshire East Council as recorded in your paper with the Carry On series that entertained me so much during my youth.

    The title would be Carry On Regardless and I don't need for most of your readers to give names to the main characters in this fi ctional comedy.

  • Article: Jan 4, 2018
    By Paul Duffy in Congleton Chronicle

    Dear Sir,

    Regarding the front page story on the infi ltration of Labour by the Momentum pressure group, I have to say that this was not in the least surprising considering some of the responses you can view on the Facebook page "Congleton chats about politics".

    While the Momentum members are very proud of their organisation, it is interesting to watch non-Momentum members panic about what to say and how to handle this growing faction within Labour.